Larijani Urges APa to End Gaza Siege
Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that the Fifth Conference of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly should put on its agenda ways to end the siege of Gaza.
Larijani made the remarks in the opening session of the Fifth Conference of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly( APA) in Damascus where Speakers of 20 Asian parliaments are taking part.
The humanitarian and brave attempt of freedom-lovers around the world to break the siege of Gaza and help needy children, patients and displaced people was lauded by world nations and the savage atrocities of the Zionists against the Gaza-bound flotilla arouse the anger and hatred of the world public opinion, he said.
The Speaker of the Islamic Parliament of Iran thanked Syria for hosting the session and underlined that the move would help deepen ties among Asian states.
Asia should play its historical and leading role in global developments and help prevent and reduce the influence of aliens in this continent, he said.
APA can play a leading role in promoting peace, security, friendship, cooperation and anti-poverty campaign and expanding cooperation among Asian states in energy, environment and tourism fields, Larijani said.
APA should take concrete steps to broaden parliamentary cooperation among Asian states, he said.
Exchange of parliamentary delegation would play a key role in expansion and bolstering of ties and cooperation among these states, he said.
APA is expected to draw up a road map for expansion of parliamentary cooperation among Asian states, Larijani said.
The Islamic Republic of Iran as the signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty has always remained committed to the treaty and sought peaceful use of nuclear energy, he said.
It is not possible to force a country to ignore its legitimate rights through threats or economic sanctions, he said.